MRG gives many first break

PROVIDING more than 100 of Perth’s young journalism and film and television students with a break in their chosen vocations has been the highlight of Russell Goodrick’s career with his production company, MRG International.

The company, which produces The Real Estate Programme and The Motor Show, was formed in 1985 after Mr Goodrick ceased presenting Channel Nine’s nightly news – a top rater in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Despite originally aiming to become an accountant, Mr Goodrick entered the media world following prompting from others.

“I went for an interview and was fortunate enough to get the first job I applied for,” Mr Goodrick said.

“It’s not always that easy, however. There are few opportunities in WA for young people hoping to enter the media, so I am pleased to lend a helping hand to kickstart their careers.”

In an industry characterised by scepticism, Mr Goodrick comes across as sincere in his concern for the local TV market.

As well as producing content for television, MRG International produces broadcast-quality corporate videos and commercials.

Mr Goodrick said MRG was the most prolific, independently-owned supplier of professional broadcast material in WA.

Over the past four years, the company has injected more than $5 million into the local production market.

“The team comprises camera and production crews, writers, presenters and full-time administration staff, all of whom have a chance to hone their skills in TV every week,” he said.

“We use the skills of professionals within the TV industry, supported by graduates from the Mt Lawley Academy of Perform-ing Arts, Curtin University and others with media-related skills.

“Many have used The Real Estate Programme or The Motor Show as a springboard and have gone on to try their hand locally at news and current affairs, and in the east and overseas with major networks. We support this enthusiastically.”

Mr Goodrick said The Real Estate Programme had now reached episode 214.

Having put his house on the line to finance the show, such an outcome vindicates Mr Goodrick’s faith in the concept.

“The show is now in its fifth year and we produce 48 episodes a year,” he said.

“This is quite an accomplishment for a local program. Perth is still a small city, after all.”

Mr Goodrick said, unfortunately, many program concepts were copied by others. “This makes no sense,” he said.

“It destabilises the industry and is very short term thinking.

“We should be thinking of what is good for the industry as a whole – in the long term.

“There are heaps of great ideas floating around out there so there is no excuse for not coming up with something entirely new and original.”

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